President Obama approves KY request for federal disaster relief

President Barack Obama last night signed off on a request from Gov. Steve Beshear for an emergency Presidential Disaster Declaration that will help speed aid to Kentuckians, the governor’s office announced this morning. 

“President Obama called me last night to express his concern about the plight facing our state and many of our people. I appreciate the president’s quick response to our request for a disaster declaration,” Gov. Beshear said in a press release. “We will move quickly to bring power generators, communications equipment and debris removal equipment into the region to help restore power and protect our people in their time of need.”

State officials said close to 600,000 Kentucky utility customers are without power as of this morning, and that number could rise today. The remnants of Hurricane Ike that moved through the state in September left about 600,000 customers without power, a record for the state. 

So far there are three fatalities linked to this week’s storms. 

Beshear has activated about 500 National Guardsmen across the state to help with relief efforts and has issued a request for join public disaster assistance to expedite reimbursement from the federal government for disaster expenses from the federal government. 

Beshear is expected to visit Paducah and Henderson today to survey damage in western Kentucky from the storm.

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One Response

  1. I lived in Owensboro from 1991 until May of 08, when I moved back to my native state of New Hampshire. I have been following the news articles of the ice storm closely, as I still have many friends and family in the area. In early December, New Hampshire was hard hit with an ice storm, leaving many without power for up to 3 weeks. I was told that there are some utility crews from the Northeast, including NH on their way to assist with the restoration of power. The people of New Hampshire know what it’s like to live through this and are keeping Kentuckians in their thoughts and prayers.

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